Who doesn’t love going out every once in a while and grab a bite? Most people just care about getting tasty and satisfying meal. However, for some like food writers and critics, it is not just the food that matters. It is also the ambience, the service, the precision and technique in the plating and the innovation that has gone into creating the dish. So this top ten list includes the most prestigious restaurants around the world known for their creative taste.
Top 10 most Prestigious Restaurants:
The Ledbury is perhaps the most classical restaurant among the the top ten. Its Australian born chef Brett Graham is more interested in pleasure than wizardry. Located in a corner of West London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, still keep a local following, along with an increasing number of international customers. The dishes served in this restaurant may not be as visually outstanding as in other places, but their flavors are intense and layered. Graham’s gastronomic approach is mainly French, but with varied accents collected from Britain and the Pacific Rim. The dining room is well lit and uncomplicated, the service is tough but highly amiable, where the staff is always helping to create a relaxed atmosphere. And with a chef who hunts wild birds for his food himself, this place is a must try.
Chef Grant Achatz is considered to be a world leader in the culinary modernization. This Chicago restaurant is the second on the list from the U.S. The dishes of this restaurant like hot potato, black truffle explosion and cold potato, also the presentation and serving of food has become iconic all around the world. It is located in Lincoln Park and is truly a modern restaurant. Alinea’s tasting menu has 15 to 19 courses which take the diners to a mind blowing experience. Also the décor has such lighting that changes the color of the walls and creates different moods.
Juan Mari Arzak a gastronomy genius from Spain has managed to make a spot in the top ten list. With his restaurant Arzak he has incorporated modern techniques to his native Basque cuisine. The restaurant kitchen is now headed and overlooked by his daughter Elena. Some o the hallmarks o Arzak include dishes likes ‘waves’ that is basically made from molds of local spider crab, anise or monkfish that is cooked in an edible papier-máche balloon. It gives away a regional and fancy feel. The cost per two person excluding wine would be around $530.
Deo Optimus Maximus
Next on the list is this exquisite restaurant situated in Brazil. Dining in this restaurant cost $400 per two persons excluding wine. Chef Alex Atala, the owner of D.O.M, has gone to great lengths to add flavors and variety to his menu. He being a part historian and anthropologist has travel to the depths of the Amazon River in search of unique and delicious ingredients for his cuisine. At D.OM. Attention to detail and precision priorities especially when it comes to plating and taste. Some of the restaurant specialties include pappardelle, ceviche,Tambaqui ribs, prawns with mangarito and yam.
This is the second Spanish restaurant on the list, headed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz who is known to be the Aristotle of modern food. And he consistently surprises his customers with his new creations and techniques. Some of his food plays with aroma, texture and flavor while some tell a story or stir up an emotion. The accomplished dishes include Bloody Mary tomato, which looks smells like fresh tomato, but tastes like cocktail and potato stones.
This British restaurant was started by Heston Blumenthal and has quickly grown as a widely popular restaurant. It is located in the Mandarin Hotel London and the signature dishes include Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake. But this is not just it, other traditional dishes are also transformed into modern creations. The restaurant is overseen by chef Ashley Palmer-Watts and under his supervision the British history is recreated as recipes from 1300s are being given a 21st century touch with modern ingredients and new cooking techniques, which makes such a menu that takes the diners on a journey full of excitement and innovation.
Eleven Madison Park
This New York restaurant has quiet yet dramatic dining room. Swiss born chef Daniel Humm and co-owner Will Guidara makes anyone’s dining experience worthwhile and exciting. The locally grown and produced ingredients are used in the food. With excellent service which is graceful, attentive and modern; this restaurant gives one a sense of ultimate well-being. The card tricks and unusual serves also make the dining experience here more fun. The grand and spacious dining room with floor to ceiling windows and wooden floors gives the restaurant an excellent backdrop. This setting also makes it a leading restaurant of North America and is being copied in other top restaurants of the world.
This Italian restaurant is at the third place for the second consecutive year. With Chef Massimo Bottura heading the crew, Osteria Francescana is flying high with food that amply caters tradionalists and also people who want something totally new and modern. The restaurant is on the list for the last six years and represents a country which is not much on the list. The menu of the restaurant can be divided into three categories with traditional dishes at first, then there are modern classics and lastly there are newly created dishes. Anyone visiting Ostria Francescana for the first time should try food from every category to get a right sense of team’s extra ordinary variety.
Cellar De Can Roca
This Spanish restaurant is run by three brothers; head chef Joan, sommelier Josep, and pastry chef Jordi. The restaurant has been on the list for almost a decade and reached the number spot last year but lost it this year. It is a family owned restaurant, the guests here are welcomed by great hospitality. They started as a simple restaurant in a working class area of Girona and changed the location to the current premises up the road. The 55 seat dining room of the restaurant is the best in Europe. The 14-course gastronomic experience not only has Catalan ingredients cooked with highest precision, but it also stimulates the senses, emotions and memories of the diners.
A Danish restaurant, situated in an old whaling warehouse in Copenhagen held the number one spot for three consecutive years but it lost the top ranking in 2013 and now it has regained its position. The two Michelin star restaurant is headed by Chef René Redzepi and is famous for its Nordic cuisine. The ingredients used in the food are taken from local landscape and which are available in the region, which makes it unusual, delicious and pleasurable. The restaurant has seen a lot of transformation in the past year or so with fresh approach and energy. The new dishes are simpler now but are still original and connected to the Nordic terroir.